Catherine and Dominic have been married for 10 years (Picture: MIKE / SplashNews.com)
Dominic West’s wife has reflected on their ‘wonderful love affair’, months after those pictures with Lily James emerged.
In October 2020, scandal erupted when The Affair star Dominic was pictured getting close to his The Pursuit of Love co-star Lily James in Rome, with snaps showing the stars on a scooter together and apparently kissing.
Dominic, 51, and his wife of 10 years Catherine FitzGerald put on a united front immediately, and in a new interview, Catherine has spoken about having an ‘instant attraction’ with the actor when they met while at Trinity College in Dublin.
The 50-year-old told the Irish Independent: ‘We had a wonderful love affair. I had a tiny room on campus, and Dominic had a garret flat on the top floor of a building on Mountjoy Square. It was falling down but you could get out onto the roof and sit on the hot slates – it was a lovely summer that year – and we would look over Dublin, reading poetry to one another with the mountains in the distance.’
Catherine left Dominic at the end of the summer, something she does not regret as she said: ‘I couldn’t have settled down with him right then forever. That would not have been a good idea for either of us.’
Both Dominic and Catherine moved on, with Dominic having a daughter Martha with then-girlfriend Polly Astor, and Catherine marrying Edward Lambton, 7th Earl of Durham.
The couple first met as students (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
However, after Dominic returned on a ‘year out’ to London following The Wire to spend time with his daughter, he reunited with Catherine through mutual friends.
Catherine said: ‘We were both, then, at the right time in our lives. And it was lovely to have that shared history, from earlier days.’
‘I sure as hell did it the hard way, by then I was about 32 and I had decided to put everything into my work but falling in love was wonderful.
‘There’s something about having lived a full life before settling down – I felt I could throw myself into family life and having babies with gusto. And I really went for it, having four in seven years! It’s had its ups and downs of course, like everybody, but we are totally devoted to each other and to our full, vibrant family life together.’
The couple got married in 2010 and have four children together between the ages of eight and 14, Dora, Senan, Francis and Christabel.
Lily has yet to address the scandal (Picture: Karwai Tang/WireImage)
They split their time between London, Wiltshire and Limerick, where they own Glin Castle, a Georgian country house they use as both a family home and a hotel and venue, after Catherine, the daughter of the last Knight of Glin, bought it to keep it in the family.
After those pictures of Dominic and Lily surfaced, the actor jetted back to the UK, where he and Catherine posed outside their family home to assure people that their marriage was strong.
If kissing for the cameras wasn’t enough, the couple left a handwritten note in the rock garden at their Wiltshire home reading: ‘Our marriage is strong and we are very much still together. Thank you.’
Lily, 32, did not address the situation, but in a recent interview with the Guardian, she said: ‘Ach, I’m not really willing to talk about that. There is a lot to say, but not now, I’m afraid.’
This month, The Pursuit of Love, in which Dominic and Lily starred as father and daughter, aired on BBC One, while Lily is currently filming the series Pam and Tommy, in which she plays bombshell Pamela Anderson.Credit: Original article published here.